CHAA was born in 1985 at a small grass airstrip in Woodstock Ontario, from the dreams of a handful of Harvard lovers who were determined to keep the legend alive. Today our aircraft collection includes four Harvard’s, which perform air demonstrations throughout the season, a Tiger Moth, and a Yale aircraft. The collection is restored and maintained in our two heated hangars by members who volunteer their time, at nearby Tillsonburg Airport, where we frequently display and demonstrate our aircraft.
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Mission of the Organization …To acquire, preserve, restore, maintain, display and demonstrate the Harvard aircraft and other aircraft associated with the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Harvard flies today as a symbol and reminder of all who served to preserve our freedom, and as a living memorial to those who made the supreme sacrifice.
Members gather each third Tuesday of the month at CHAA’s Operations building adjoining the hangar, for our regular monthly meetings at 7PM, new members are always welcome. Each spring CHAA conducts a Harvard and Tiger Moth ground school for interested members and prospective pilots. The flying season offers a wealth of air shows and ceremonial appearances across North America as well as local fly days when the schedule permits. Members are encouraged to join in all facets of the operation, from airshow support, groundcrew, research, social events and back seat rides, to the present restoration of a Yale aircraft and Link Trainer both of which were used by the RCAF.
For qualified pilots, CHAA offers the opportunity to check out in our aircraft and to qualify in formation flying, based on RCAF standards. Our flight teams are noted throughout the airshow circuit for their graceful and polished formation demonstrations. A junior membership is also available to young people 16 and under. They are called the “Harvard Hawks”.